|Kate Stone: DJ decks made of... paper - TED.com|
"I love paper, and I love technology," says physicist and former sheep herder Kate Stone, who's spent the past decade working to unite the two. Her experiments combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique, magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video, posters that display energy usage in real time, and the extremely nifty paper drumkit and set of DJ decks she demonstrates onstage.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; entertainment; materials; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Ajit Narayanan: A word game to communicate in any language - TED.com|
While working with kids who have trouble speaking, Ajit Narayanan sketched out a way to think about language in pictures, to relate words and concepts in "maps." The idea now powers an app that helps nonverbal people communicate, and the big idea behind it, a language concept called FreeSpeech, has exciting potential.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; disability; language; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers - TED.com|
Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; materials; TED2013; 2013
|Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots - TED.com|
Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges. Rodney Brooks points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells. He introduces us to Baxter, the robot with eyes that move and arms that react to touch, which could work alongside an aging population — and learn to help them at ...
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; TED Conference; robots; work; TED2013; 2013
|Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley: Mapping ideas worth spreading - TED.com|
What do 24,000 ideas look like? Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley apply algorithms to the entire archive of TEDxTalks, taking us on a stimulating visual tour to show how ideas connect globally.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; algorithm; complexity; data; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Jack Andraka: A promising test for pancreatic cancer ... from a teenager - TED.com|
Over 85 percent of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when someone has less than two percent chance of survival. How could this be? Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that’s super cheap, effective and non-invasive -- all before his 16th birthday.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cancer; disease; science; TED2013; 2013
|Christopher Ryan: Are we designed to be sexual omnivores? - TED.com|
An idea permeates our modern view of relationships: that men and women have always paired off in sexually exclusive relationships. But before the dawn of agriculture, humans may actually have been quite promiscuous. Author Christopher Ryan walks us through the controversial evidence that human beings are sexual omnivores by nature, in hopes that a more nuanced understanding may put an end to discrimination, shame and the kind of unrealistic expectations that kill relationships.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; relationships; sex; TED2013; 2013
|Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers - TED.com|
They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down -- what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; humor; math; TED2013; 2013
|Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake - TED.com|
In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation ... and transcend it.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; TED Conference; arts; disability; TED2013; 2013
|Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck - TED.com|
When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him a hemiplegic. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down. In this mesmerizing tale of their meeting, Prager probes deep questions of nature, nurture, self-deception and destiny.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; anthropology; disability; storytelling; writing; TED2013; 2013
|Jared Diamond: How societies can grow old better - TED.com|
There's an irony behind the latest efforts to extend human life: It's no picnic to be an old person in a youth-oriented society. Older people can become isolated, lacking meaningful work and low on funds. In this intriguing talk, Jared Diamond looks at how many different societies treat their elders -- some better, some worse -- and suggests we all take advantage of experience.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; culture; social change; TED2013; 2013
|Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions - TED.com|
In the Masai community where 13-year-old Richard Turere lives, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; biodiversity; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Mary Lou Jepsen: Could future devices read images from our brains? - TED.com|
As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mindblowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; creativity; neuroscience; science; TED2013; 2013
|Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost - TED.com|
Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work -- or anywhere in a six-mile radius -- quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; technology; transportation; TED2013; 2013
|Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind - TED.com|
What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of boo
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; culture; entertainment; literature; TED2013; 2013
|Martin Villeneuve: How I made an impossible film - TED.com|
Filmmaker Martin Villeneuve talks about Mars et Avril, the Canadian sci-fi spectacular he made with virtually no money. In a charming talk, he explains the various ways he overcame financial and logistical constraints to produce his unique and inventive vision of the future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entertainment; film; TED2013; 2013
|The interspecies internet? An idea in progress… - TED.com|
Apes, dolphins and elephants are animals with remarkable communication skills. Could the internet be expanded to include sentient species like them? A new and developing idea from a panel of four great thinkers -- dolphin researcher Diana Reiss, musician Peter Gabriel, internet of things visionary Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; animals; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems? - TED.com|
In 1969, Buzz Aldrin’s historical step onto the moon leapt mankind into an era of technological possibility. The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; astronomy; space; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud - TED.com|
Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and learn more at tedprize.org&g
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; education; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Jinsop Lee: Design for all 5 senses - TED.com|
Good design looks great, yes -- but why shouldn't it also feel great, smell great and sound great? Designer Jinsop Lee (a TED Talent Search winner) shares his theory of 5-sense design, with a handy graph and a few examples. His hope: to inspire you to notice great multisensory experiences.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; TED2013; 2013
|James Flynn: Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents' - TED.com|
In 1900, only 3% of Americans practiced professions that were deemed "cognitively demanding." Today, 35% of us do, and we have all learned to be flexible in the way that we think about problems. In this fascinating and fast-paced spin through the cognitive history of the 20th century, moral philosopher James Flynn makes the case that changes in the way we think have had surprising (and not always positive) consequences.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; education; learning; TED2013; 2013
|Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20 - TED.com|
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; culture; youth; TED2013; 2013
|Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul - TED.com|
In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a severe depression. Only music was able to lift her out again -- showing her that her goal needn’t be to play lofty concert halls, but instead to bring the wonder of the instrument to as many people as possible.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; live music; music; TED2013; 2013
|Jennifer Granholm: A clean energy proposal -- race to the top! - TED.com|
Kicking off the TED2013 conference, Jennifer Granholm asks a very American question with worldwide implications: How do we make more jobs? Her big idea: Invest in new alternative energy sources. And her big challenge: Can it be done with or without our broken Congress?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; energy; global issues; work; TED2013; 2013
|Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B - TED.com|
In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure -- leaving us vulnerable to cyber-attack or meltdown. Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn't designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on should -- or when -- the Internet crashes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea - TED.com|
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope -- and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; TED2013; 2013
|Edith Widder: How we found the giant squid - TED.com|
Humankind has been looking for the giant squid (Architeuthis) since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film. Oceanographer and inventor Edith Widder shares the key insight -- and the teamwork -- that helped to capture the squid on film for the first time.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; oceans; technology; TED2013; 2013
|David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips - TED.com|
Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already -- but there's probably at least one you don't.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready? - TED.com|
Throughout humankind's history, we've driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar the dodo .... But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So -- should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; philosophy; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance - TED.com|
What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around … in the dark." In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don’t know -- or “high-quality ignorance” -- just as much as what we know.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; education; humor; neuroscience; science; TED2013; 2013
|Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change - TED.com|
“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; climate change; green; TED2013; 2013
|Rose George: Let's talk crap. Seriously. - TED.com|
It's 2013, yet 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to a basic sanitary toilet. And when there's no loo, where do you poo? In the street, probably near your water and food sources -- causing untold death and disease from contamination. Get ready for a blunt, funny, powerful talk from journalist Rose George about a once-unmentionable problem.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; health; water; TED2013; 2013
|Anant Agarwal: Why massively open online courses (still) matter - TED.com|
2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massively open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter -- as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; education; technology; TED2013; 2013
|ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese ... with ease! - TED.com|
For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; china; education; language; TED2013; 2013
|Beardyman: The polyphonic me - TED.com|
Frustrated by not being able to sing two notes at the same time, musical inventor Beardyman built a machine to allow him to create loops and layers from just the sounds he makes with his voice. Given that he can effortlessly conjure the sound of everything from crying babies to buzzing flies, not to mention mimic pretty much any musical instrument imaginable, that's a lot of different sounds. Sit back and let the wall of sound of this dazzling performance wash over you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entertainment; music; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of "4D printing" - TED.com|
3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; industrial design; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore - TED.com|
Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the plan
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; green; sustainibility; TED2013; 2013
|Keller Rinaudo: A mini robot -- powered by your phone - TED.com|
Your smartphone may feel like a friend -- but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; robots; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Sergey Brin: Why Google Glass? - TED.com|
It's not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers -- not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; design; interface design; technology; TED2013; 2013
|James Lyne: Everyday cybercrime -- and what you can do about it - TED.com|
How do you pick up a malicious online virus, the kind of malware that snoops on your data and taps your bank account? Often, it's through simple things you do each day without thinking twice. James Lyne reminds us that it's not only the NSA that's watching us, but ever-more-sophisticated cybercriminals, who exploit both weak code and trusting human nature.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; TED Conference; crime; finance; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines - TED.com|
As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson — it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; TED Conference; business; economics; technology; work; TED2013; 2013
|Alex Laskey: How behavioral science can lower your energy bill - TED.com|
What's a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; TED Conference; behavioral economics; energy; psychology; TED2013; 2013
|Jinha Lee: Reach into the computer and grab a pixel - TED.com|
The border between our physical world and the digital information surrounding us has been getting thinner and thinner. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. As he demonstrates in this short, gasp-inducing talk, his ideas include a pen that penetrates into a screen to draw 3D models and a computer desktop prototype that lets you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; computers; design; interface design; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism - TED.com|
If you're lucky enough to live without want, it's a natural impulse to be altruistic to others. But, asks philosopher Peter Singer, what's the most effective way to give? He talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality — and make the biggest impact with whatever you can share. NOTE: Starting at 0:30, this talk contains 30 seconds of graphic footage.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; TED Conference; global issues; philanthropy; philosophy; social change; TED2013; 2013
|Liu Bolin: The invisible man - TED.com|
Can a person disappear in plain sight? That’s the question Liu Bolin‘s remarkable work seems to ask. The Beijing-based artist is sometimes called “The Invisible Man” because in nearly all his art, Bolin is front and center — and completely unseen. He aims to draw attention to social and political issues by dissolving into the background.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; china; global issues; photography; politics; TED2013; 2013
|Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria - TED.com|
Once it's created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic -- specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; bacteria; biology; plastic; pollution; science; youth; TED2013; 2013
|Jessica Green: Good germs make healthy buildings - TED.com|
Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes -- some good for us, some bad for us, and some just along for the ride. As we learn more about the germs and microbes who share our living spaces, TED Fellow Jessica Green asks: Can we design buildings that encourage happy, healthy microbial environments?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; biodiversity; biology; collaboration; design; science; TED2013; 2013
|Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life - TED.com|
Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; culture; death; humanity; life; TED2013; 2013
|John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! - TED.com|
Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it’s all good news.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; TED Conference; culture; language; sociology; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Eric Whitacre: Virtual Choir Live - TED.com|
Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together "virtual choirs," singers from many countries spliced together on video. Now, for the first time ever, he creates the experience in real time, as 32 singers from around the world Skype in to join an onstage choir (assembled from three local colleges) for an epic performance of Whitacre's "Cloudburst," based on a poem by Octavio Paz.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; collaboration; community; entertainment; live music; technology; TED2013; 2013